10 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

People talking by fire infront of Chiringa in downtown Alpharetta on November 20, 2022
Brandon McKeown

This weekend in Atlanta promises a wide range of exciting activities to suit every taste and interest. From Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival to Atlanta’s RnB Soul Picnic, there are a bunch of festivities happening all over the city. If you’re looking for a good time with more chill vibes, then head over to Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night of comedy with the legendary Wanda Sykes. And, of course, we can’t forget about the kids! The Atlanta Caribbean Children’s Carnival and the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade are just a few of the amazing events happening this weekend suited for families.

Taste of Alpharetta

Ready to indulge in good food from more than 60 of Alpharetta’s best restaurants? Local restaurants, cafes and eateries are preparing to come together to tantalize taste buds with a wide range of delicious dishes, ranging from Southern comfort classics to international delicacies.

Location: Downtown Alpharetta - 1 S Main St; Date: May 9; Time: 5-10 p.m.; Admission: Free, but food ticket purchases are required; Website: awesomealpharetta.com

Scott Antique Market

For more than 30 years, the Scott Antique Market has grown into the world’s largest monthly indoor antique show. It’s the premier destination for antique enthusiasts, showcasing an extensive collection of unique treasures. This market offers everything from vintage furniture to rare collectibles and fine art.

Location: Atlanta Expo Center - 1280 Peachtree St NE; Date: May 10; Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Admission: $5; Website: scottantiquemarket.com

Wanda Sykes Comedy Show

Atlanta is in for a comedic treat as the legendary Wanda Sykes takes center stage for an exciting evening of laughter and entertainment. Atlanta’s comedy scene is set to light up as fans gather to witness Sykes’ comedic genius firsthand, ensuring a night filled with unforgettable moments.

Location: Atlanta Symphony Hall - 3650 Jonesboro Rd SE; Date: May 10; Time: Various times, see website; Admission: prices vary, see website; Website: aso.org

Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival

Smoke on the Lake BBQ festival is the perfect event for barbecue and food lovers looking for a smokin’ good time. Attendees can expect to indulge in smoked meats and a variety of savory sides and sweet treats. In addition, the festival offers live music, family-friendly activities and a welcoming atmosphere that embodies the spirit of Southern hospitality.

Location: Logan Farm Park - 4405 Cherokee St; Date: May 10-11; Time: Various times, see website; Admission: Free; Website: smokeonthelake.org

OMG Food Festival

The world’s first hip-hop festival is coming to Atlanta! Get a taste of food from all over the world while enjoying a celebration of community and culture, featuring live music, entertainment, and interactive experiences for all ages. The OMG food festival will also bring out the city’s best DJs and bands playing hip-hop, rap, old-school and everything else that will keep you moving.

Location: Atlantic Station - 1380 Atlantic Dr NW; Date: May 11; Time: 2-10 p.m.; Admission: $12; Website: eventbrite.com

Cycling For Good

Cycling For Good is not just an event; it’s a movement that pedals towards positive change and community empowerment. This inspiring initiative brings together cycling enthusiasts and advocates for a shared mission where they will be delivering healthy food options, clothing items and personal care accessories throughout Downtown Atlanta.

Location: Loose Nuts Cycles- 452 Cherokee Ave SE; Date: May 11; Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: atlantacyclingfestival.com

Atlanta Caribbean Children’s Carnival

Who says the kids can’t have some fun too? This lively event invites families and children of all ages to immerse themselves in sights, sounds and rhythms, showcasing the rich heritage of Caribbean nations. From traditional performances to interactive workshops on Caribbean art and cuisine, this carnival offers a range of activities that promise to educate and entertain.

Location: Historic Fourth Ward Park - 680 Dallas St NE; Date: May 11; Time: Noon to 7 p.m.; Admission: Free Website: atlantacarnival.org

Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade

Experience the magic of the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade, a beautiful display of light and creativity. Join the Atlanta community as they parade through the streets with handmade lanterns of all shapes and sizes. Families can bring handcrafted lanterns, celebrate as the sun sets, and parade together down the beltline.

Location: Adair Park- 1052 Allene Ave SW; Date: May 11; Time: 7:45-10 p.m.; Admission: Free Website: art.beltline.org

Atlanta’s RnB Soul Picnic

Atlanta’s RnB and Soul Picnic is a soul-stirring celebration of music, culture and community that brings together music lovers from across the city. This annual event transforms outdoor spaces into lively concert venues where soulful melodies and smooth rhythms fill the air. Beyond the music, this picnic offers a feast of good food, with local food vendors serving delicious bites.

Location: Westside Park - 1660 Johnson Rd NW; Date: May 11-12; Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Admission: $35 Website: eventbrite.com

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